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Blood and Body Fluid Exposures Information for Healthcare Providers

The Middlesex-London Health Unit is mandated to ensure that emergency service workers and members of the public have access to informed health care after an exposure to blood or other potentially infectious body fluids.

The Health Unit is available on a 24 hour basis through the Infectious Disease Control Team (IDCT) and physician on-call systems to receive and respond to reports about exposures to blood and/or other potentially infectious body fluids. Health Unit staff investigate the incident by collecting information from both the exposed individual and the source, if available. Recommendations are made to the individuals involved and if requested, recommendations are made to their health care provider. If a blood exposure has occurred, baseline testing will be recommended. Recommendations may be made regarding hepatitis B vaccination, hepatitis B and/or HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis and follow up testing depending on the type of exposure and level of risk.

The following resources may assist you in managing a patient involved in a blood exposure, decreasing the likelihood of a blood exposure incident, and providing information to your patient regarding ways to reduce risk.

If your patient has been involved in a blood exposure and requires assistance or if you have questions or concerns and would like to speak with a public health professional, please call 519-663-5317 ext. 2330

Date of creation: February 26, 2013
Last modified on: May 23, 2019